Never ignore a gut feeling

Research shows that up to 20% of the population suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with more women than men diagnosed with the condition. 70 % of sufferers don’t treat the symptoms.

Lifestyle Reporter


Lifestyle Reporter

‘The Embarrassment of IBS’ with Dr Deirdre O’Donovan

Do you suffer from IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that affects the intestine and causes inflammation.

The intestines are an important part of digestion, healthy bowels are essential and important for keeping our body healthy and fit. The nutrients that are absorbed through our intestines are of great importance to our general health, resistance, body energy metabolism and the prevention of possible bowel complaints. When the relationship between good and bad bacteria (the flora) is balanced, your bowels have an optimal uptake of nutrients. 

In the case of a disturbed intestinal flora, there is a great chance of various stomach and intestinal complaints, such as an irritable bowel or spastic intestine. Therefore it seems logical that we keep our intestines in good condition. However busy lifestyles sometimes result in stressful situations and unhealthy hectic lifestyles. If the flora is disturbed by an unhealthy lifestyle the uptake of nutrients decreases, lowering our resistance and energy levels. Long, stress filled hours, lack of sleep, eating on the go, lack of exercise can all contribute to IBS.   

This chronic condition affects 15% to 20% of the population, to a greater extent in industrialised countries. Symptoms include abdominal pain and convulsion, constipation and/or diarrhoea and flatulency and/or bloating to name just a few. 

IBS usually develops in the late adolescence or early adulthood and occasionally after the age of 50. More women suffer from IBS compared to men. There are different causes to being diagnosed with IBS. For example a family history of IBS, stress and hypersensitivity of the gut are well known causes of having IBS. A well – balanced intestinal flora and a well – hydrated intestinal tract is key to managing and preventing the onset of IBS flare – ups and relieving the symptoms of IBS. Pain and other symptoms may develop if intestinal muscle contractions become abnormal or overactive. The specific area of hyperactivity in the intestines determines whether constipation or diarrhoea will develop. 

COLODEX IBS is a high-quality natural product that quickly provides optimal bowel function, such as a healthy intestinal flora and regular peristaltic, which relieve the symptoms of IBS. The effect of COLODEX IBS can be felt in one day. It insures that bowel movements are activated, the uptake of food and nutrients is stimulated that the elevation of symptoms of IBS is already felt on the first day and that natural microflora is corrected and optimised and that the moisture balance of the stool and the stool are regulated. It is natural and effective, gluten and sugar free, clinically tested. Even when IBS is not diagnosed, COLODEX IBS relieves the symptoms of diarrhoea, constipation, cramps, bloating and flatulence. The sachet which is taken mixed with water contains the patented 2QR complex combined with prebiotics and herbal fibres which act as “power food” for the good bacteria in your bowels. 

Available in McCabes, Hickeys, S. McCauleys, Careplus, Bradleys, Haven, Wholefoods, IIHF and pharmacies nationwide.